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End of Days Postponed?

Now that we have all survived the Doomsday of 2011, or was that the Rapture of 2011, a new prediction has surfaced from Harold Camping. Or maybe it is just a recycling of an old prediction…anyway, while the rapture and the predicted earthquake that was to announce it had failed to materialize on May 21, Camping still claims that the world will end on October 21, 2011.

Many Practical Heretic readers have already claimed disgust and disbelief at the first prediction of May 21, and even our own Rev Zita let her anger out about the fraud that Camping had committed and spread. After following the news this past week, I really can’t blame her for being so angry (although I am admitting I was cracking jokes about this whole rapture thingy). Camping is really abusing his power and influence. According to one source, a teenager was so fearful of being left behind to suffer, she took her own life. Personally, I hope that someone finds a way to hold Camping responsible for his falsehoods.

I really though that in today’s age of appreciating education and admiring people who thought for themselves that we would have had more people laughing at Camping and ignoring his brand of hogwash. Instead, the man, who has been wrong with the exact same prediction several times before, has a following who took him literally. We have already discussed that true followers of the Bible already know that the end of the world cannot be predicted and that Camping is not following the Bible at worst and at best is just picking and choosing what he wants to listen to.

Additionally, Camping is going against most Christian thought and is using some sort of numerology system to “verify” his predictions. For years most Christian systems have preached against the use of numerology and other methods of divination. Granted I can’t find a biblical reference that is for or against the practice but most believers seem to follow the thought that numerology and the like are the works of Satan. If that is so, then why is Harold Camping using it to predict anything? Maybe he is one of Satan’s minions and we should all stop listening to him. From what I have seen and heard, he has only lead those who belief him astray.

Instead of listening to anyone who would use fear mongering to control us, to influence our actions, we do need to decide to think for ourselves. Before believing in any end of the world prediction, ask yourselves how plausible that prediction is. The only end of the world prediction that I have heard of that even seems realistic is the one by the astronomy community when the sun finally burns itself out. Keep in mind that isn’t supposed to happen for a billion years or so…literally a billion.

My World isn’ Ending; How’s Yours?

I’m having a real “Dr. Strangelove” kind of feeling, here. Harold Camping is declaring that the ‘rapture’ is going to happen on Saturday May 21 at ‘suppertime’.  

That’s today, folks. Nice knowing you all. (Tips hat and leaves)

Are you kidding me? No pun intended, but god I hope you are, because this is just plain ridiculous.

First of all I’ve seen his chain of reasoning and let’s just say it’s pretty weak. Based on assumptions that one day to God is a thousand years to us, plus the claim that Noah’s flood took place 7,000 years ago and finagled with some rather odd bits of numerology, the claim is shaky at best. If you’d like to see it for yourself, go here: http://www.familyradio.com/facts.

Between the mix of assumptions about the Hebrew calendar, using metaphor as fact (St. Paul’s comparison to a thousand years and a day) I could only shake my head in an instinctive rejection of the headache that was working its way over my skull.

First of all the term ‘Rapture’ doesn’t appear in the Book of Revelations.  Not even once.  

Secondly, in the Gospel of Mathew Jesus states very clearly that none shall know the time. So there.

Thirdly, rational people know that while the world will end, yes, we have at least five billion years before the sun expands and eats the inner solar system before collapsing.  Hopefully by then we will have either gotten out into space or evolved into something else, so why worry about it?

Look, folks, let’s at least be a little rational about this.

If the end of the world occurs, it is far more likely to happen because we as a species screwed up, rather than a divine hissy fit. A deity is supposed to be omniscient and omnipotent, so why would he make a race that he knew would piss him off so badly he would end up destroying it anyway?  That rationale sounds more like a kid building a sandcastle just before the tide comes in, just to see the waves take it apart. Not very godlike, if you ask me.

At 6:00 pm local time I intend to be grilling on my porch with a beer in hand and watching the birds play in the newly blooming crab apple tree in the yard. I may even sing a few bars of “we’ll meet again” just as a nod to past visions of the Apocalypse.

Which were also wrong, just as this one is.

Find your peace, friends.

Rev. Zita (the Unraptured)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxrWz9XVvls